CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser
Based on 319 reviews


CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser

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CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser

Based on 319 reviews


This gentle, acne-fighting cleanser removes excess oil, dead skin and makeup without drying skin or causing redness.
  • Dissolves pore-clogging impurities
  • Cleans without irritation
  • Gel texture refreshes & calms skin
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Blackheads, Acne Breakouts

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    6 oz
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Why is it different?
CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser isn’t like other acne cleansers; it is completely non-irritating and won’t cause dryness or flaking. This cleansing gel actually has a silky feel that works quickly to remove excess oil and debris that can clog pores and lead to breakouts.
What does it do?
Clears and prevents acne on the face and body. It gently removes dirt and excess oil while fighting acne breakouts with salicylic acid. Skin will feel refreshed and comfortably clean.
How to use

Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.

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Product Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 0.5%
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Glycerin, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Arginine, Butylene Glycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin..

Ratings & Reviews

No longer my go to cleanser


I am 35 with adult acne, and after struggling with breakouts for decades, I found the Paula's Choice Clear line about 2 years ago. Over the years I tried all the major acne lines, many drug store brands, and skin care from prestige cosmetic lines. Nothing worked for me like the Clear cleanser! I was finally acne free for the first time since my early teens. Unfortunately, that all changed once Paula introduced the new formula. The old active ingredients were the only thing keeping my breakouts at bay. Since using the new formula, I have horrible cystic acne on my chin and around my mouth. My normally combination skin has also become very dry and irritated. Opening a new bottle of cleanser is the only change in my routine, so I am positive the new active ingredients are the reason for my breakouts. The only reason I found out about the ingredient change was from reading the other reviews, while trying to figure out why my clear skin was reacting that way it was. I wish I would have know about the change before I purchased another bottle! It is getting sent back today and I am on a quest to find another cleanser. Very disappointed in the brand I have come to love!


Highland, IN

Don't waste your money


I bought this for my daughter only after they took out the Triclosan. She was using a different cleanser, but the other Clear products from PC. Whatever new ingredients they added to replace the Triclosan are horrible. My daughter doesn't have particularly sensitive skin, and hers looked inflamed and dry within a week or two of use. Very red skin and acne was worse. Sure, they will take it back, but you have to pay for shipping and it hardly seems worth it. Buy one of their other cleansers if you must.

Mom of a Teen

Chicago, IL

Excellent product


I have awful face skin. I did find that benzoyl peroxide products had worked best for my acne, as well as actual rough exfollient cleansers. As I got a bit older, I noticed that the benzoyl peroxide products irritated and dried my skin out significantly, so I turned to the saliycic acid products; these worked when choosing the rough exfollient, non-soap, cleansers. I used these products for a few years and then started to notice that those products began to irritate my skin and dry my skin out. So then, I researched PC CLEAR and have been buying CLEAR (regular product, not extra strength as that dries my face out too much) for a couple years. I have very oily face skin, extremely oily, but PC CLEAR has worked the best that I have noticed with my acne overall. I am 30 years old.






I love this stuff! Made a huge difference with my acne and suprisingly didn't irritate my sensitive skin. I use it twice a day, and only need a little drop for my whole face.


Portland, OR


Finally clear after 10 years of adult acne!


I used all the drug store acne products and the expensive stuff from the doctor. Th only thing that worked was the antibiotics but you can't stay on those. I am quick to try things, but also quick to move on if I don't think it works. I started with the kit and then now just maintain on the cleanser, have been acne free for two years and if I get one its very small, and goes away quick, nothing like the nasty cyst types from before that were so painful.


Limington, ME


Seriously... the best cleanser for my oily skin!


I got this as a travel size, to see if I liked it... and I can honestly say that I will never buy anything else again. I have used Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for YEARS and this just blew it out of the water! My face was SO clean and NOT dry. When I used the Cetaphil, I would get residual make up on my cotton ball with Paula's toner, but there was NOTHING after I used this cleanser. Just TRY it!



Love this!


I use this facewash along with the other CLEAR products and love them all. Since using these products, I have definitely noticed a change in my skin- less cystic acne and noticeably reduced clogged pores! I also use the BHA 2% Skin Brightening Liquid and the CLEAR SPF 30+ moisturizer. I love them all.






I use to use this product and loved much as I ordered 3 of them........when I got the new shipment, I was told they had taken out the ingredient TRICLOSAN (which is not good for Thyroid problems)....I thought this was a great idea on their part....since I have that problem...but they added two new ingredients....and there for my skin reacted in burnt my skin.......I am so disappointed with I really liked this product......It is the first time I have ever sent anything back, I love Paula's products.....but no longer can use this cleanser.




Love it!


My first order from PC. Clean well without drying my skin. I have super sensitive skin, it's very gentle. I also got the CLEAR Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid. I can tell my pores are getting a little smaller after 1 week. Love it!! I just placed my second order to try other good PC products that would work great on my skin.




Excellent Cleanser for Ance Prone Skin


I have hormonal, cystic acne. I love this cleanser because it so gentle with sensitive skin but also removes all the excess oil, makeup, and dirt from my skin.




CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser

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